Polymers are powerful on their own, and adding other elements creates a whole new suite of innovative materials. Our researchers are developing new polymer combinations and adding nanoparticles to the mix to create composites that are greater than the sum of their parts—using carbon nanotubes to develop lightweight but strong materials for state-of-the-art vehicles and smarter manufacturing, creating advanced coatings that can respond to light and ambient temperature, and incorporating biomaterials into wind turbine blades and solar panels.
Institutes, centers and labs related to Advanced Composites
Faculty who conduct research in Advanced Composites
Combines experiments, theory and simulation to study fundamental problems in the polymer physics of grafted and non-linear polymers
Develops advanced benzoxazine resins, thermosetting resins based on natural renewable materials and green flame retarding systems
Engineering new materials and technologies for industrial applications
Develops bio-based, flame-retarded plastics, polymer aerogels and packaging materials; and studies properties of polyesters